As a 4th/5th grade teacher I have one of the best jobs in the world! For almost 20 years, I have worked as a Reading Specialist for grades 4-8th, taught 4th/5th grade in a looping cycle, Montossori preschool, 6th and 8th grade (English, Communication arts, technology and video editing). In my current role as a 4th/5th grade (looping) teacher, each day, I get to work with incredibly bright and dynamic kids as they become better learners, readers, mathematicians, scientists, writers and thinkers. Kids falling in love with books, having the light bulb go off when they figure out a math concept, their excitement in social studies or science as they make new discoveries are all exciting moments. It is especially wonderful to sit beside a child and listen to the excitement in their voice as they predict, wonder, ask questions, and connect to the books they are reading or the lessons they are learning.
Open, creative, collaborative teaching environment that is driven by my students' questions and curiosity. Balancing hands-on, minds-on, creative exploration and creation with technology.
_Outstanding Student in Major (Master's in Reading) _Recipient of and participant in several local and statewide grant programs in the area of reading, technology, art, writing and science _Presenter at reading and science conferences _Published author (Instructional Fair and College Reading Association)
BA, English, Minor: Art and Photography MA: Reading with an emphasis on writing
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